Notable projects include:

Park House
Land Securities
Hamilton Associates

Park House is a high quality urban regeneration development which covers an entire city block, on a prime Oxford Street location near Marble Arch.  The dramatic, glass-roofed structure will combine exclusive retail space over 3 storeys (lower ground, ground and first floors) and 39 high specification residential apartments with 165,000 square feet of exceptional office space on the upper storeys.  The innovative Fire Strategy for the retail developed a bespoke smoke control system that enabled use of open stairs between the storeys, and also enabled the stairs to discharge into the centre of the store, thereby freeing-up the valuable shop-front zone for displays.

Princesshay - Exeter Town Centre
Land Securities
Chapman Taylor

Most outstanding medium-sized shopping centre in Europe 2008 & Best in the West RTPI Award 2008

Mixed-use development comprising principally retail.

Combination of stand-alone shops, retails malls, anchor stores, single units, and multi-storey units. In new and existing build.

A variety of innovative and effective solutions were deployed on Princesshay to maximise the design quality and value for money, including:

  • Bespoke smoke control solutions for means of escape and for firefighting
  • Statistical quantitative fire risk analysis
  • Fire & smoke modelling

Lower Precinct Coventry
Michael Aukett Architects

BCSC Refurbishment & Extension Award, Civic Trust Award Commendation

Lower Precinct is one of the four principal thoroughfares through Coventry's core retail area. As a result of the natural gradient, Lower Precinct provides shopping on two levels and was designed as one of the key focal points in the city centre. The development included enclosing the existing (external) precinct under a glass roof, and providing natural ventilation system for the environmental & fire safety requirements.

  • Wind-tunnel data gave vent pressure coefficients for variety of different wind directions.
  • Sophisticated smoke modelling was undertaken to determine the performance of the smoke control system for different wind directions, wind speeds, and vent configurations. This identified specific proposed vent locations that were unsuitable.
  • A detailed risk assessment using local wind-rose data demonstrated that the safety associated with the natural ventilation system was acceptable for Building Regulations compliance.

Hill Street Centre Middlesbrough
Royal & Sun Alliance
Leslie Jones

Reconfiguration of shop units and mall smoke extract systems within an existing, operating, shopping centre. Smoke control calculations to optimise the systems and an assessment of the effect of the proposed mall ceiling to demonstrate an acceptable performance was achieved compared with the existing condition.